ASTI hardening its position in long-running dispute over pay and junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is hardening its position in the long-running disputes over pay and junior cycle reform. Counter moves from middle ground activists were defeated by clear majorities at a meeting of the union’s 180-member central executive today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 April]

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ASTI schools to lose out on hundreds of extra teaching posts

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of voluntary secondary schools where teachers are members of the ASTI are set to lose out on additional teaching posts from next autumn due to a dispute over education reforms. Up to 550 additional full-time teaching posts are to be allocated to secondary schools from next September …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Frank Milling lists many reasons to endorse junior cycle reform (‘Junior cycle reforms are a badly needed corrective’, Opinion, January 9th). And there are indeed many wonderful aspects to the new junior cycle, especially regarding critical literacy and its consequence, independent learning, from which all students, especially those from working-class backgrounds, could benefit …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Opinion: Junior cycle reforms are a badly needed corrective

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children return to school today after the Christmas break and for many of those in third year the mock Junior Certificate exams are only weeks away. The recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results were good news for Ireland, showing our 15 year olds are doing well in reading, maths and science in comparison with many other countries …” (more)

[Frank Milling, Irish Times, 9 January]

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Are junior cycle reforms on the right track?

Posted in Teaching on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries take a two-hour test designed to measure their ability to think. The release of the OECD’s Pisa rankings is a revealing moment for twitchy politicians and nervous civil servants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Richard Bruton: At least seven weeks to draw up plan for teachers’ action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it will take the Department of Education ‘at least’ seven weeks to put together plans to cope with industrial action threatened by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The time will be required to recruit staff to take over supervision duties in schools and to allow for Garda vetting, the Minister told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Vivienne Clark, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Richard Bruton asks ASTI to end junior cycle opposition

Posted in Teaching on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton will today call on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) to suspend its opposition to junior cycle reform to ensure thousands of students do not lose 10% in their English exams next summer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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No extra marks for junior cycle students in ASTI dispute

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission has said it cannot award extra marks to thousands of junior cycle students who face losing 10% in their English exams next summer due to a union dispute …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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24 Statements of Learning

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The Student: 1. communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts in L1 (Irish or English); 2. listens, speaks, reads and writes in L2 (Irish or English) and one other language at a level of proficiency that is appropriate to her or his ability …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 28 September]

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Teachers all agree change is needed – this new junior cycle will give very best education to pupils

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The wait comes to an end today for just over 60,000 students as they collect their Junior Certificate results – a momentous day. However, from next year, junior cycle students will start collecting a very different set of results, because the junior cycle is changing …” (more)

[Padraig Kirk, Independent, 14 September]

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I’m with ASTI on the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I was going to write something substantial about the new Junior Cycle but having visited juniorcycle.ie and perused the documentation, I abandoned that idea because it was all so predictable and even depressing. Education is now seen (by the majority it would appear) purely as the acquisition of skills, especially quasi-skills like problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Knowledge seems to be a dirty word …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 5 September]

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No resolution in sight to divisive junior cycle dispute

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Any hopes that a dispute over junior cycle reform would be resolved before the resumption of secondary school next September have faded following contacts between the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union and the Minister for Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Junior cycle students to lose out as ASTI resists reforms

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of junior cycle students in schools staffed by members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) will automatically lose 10 per cent in their English exams next year if the union maintains its opposition to long-promised education reforms …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 May]

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ASTI issues warning over junior cycle training

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest second-level teachers’ union has issued a fresh warning to members that they are prohibited from engaging in any form of training linked to the new junior cycle …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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One third of Asti teachers defy union ban

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 5,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are registered for training programmes related to junior cycle reform – despite a union ban on co-operation with change …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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ASTI may risk losing members over stance on junior cycle reform

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have warned the union is in danger of losing members over its opposition to junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 April]

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ASTI votes not to co-operate with junior cycle reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The biggest second-level teachers’ union has hardened its opposition to reform of the junior cycle by directing members not to co-operate in any form of assessment linked to the State exam …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Where now for junior cycle reform?

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It was supposed to herald a new dawn in Irish education, training young people to think creatively and critically. Now, with one teacher union refusing to engage in training, the future of junior-cycle reform hangs in the balance. The ultimate goal of creating a system that is less of a memory test and more of a real preparation for further or higher education and the world beyond is in stasis … ” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Debunking some myths about Junior Cycle Reform

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In Tuesday’s Irish Times (16th February), an article entitled ‘Junior cycle reform on the way, but ASTI opposition means only some will benefit’ reviewed a draft circular by the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The circular, it is said, will be issued shortly, but is currently subject to discussions between education partners and the department …” (more)

[The Architects of Fate, 20 February]

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ASTI opposition means only some benefit from junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When asked about his legacy as minister for education shortly before he was reshuffled, Ruairí Quinn said of his junior cycle reforms: ‘I would hope to have pushed the boat out so far that it can’t be recalled.’ That boat has been the subject of attack from air, land and sea …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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